Well, the opening of training camp on Friday. Not much news as of now, other than the signing of Darcel McBath, a free agent CB from Texas Tech. He was a 2nd round pick by the Broncos in 2009 (one start), cut by Denver during the 1st week of the 2011 season, and signed with Jacksonville in December 2011 after their defensive backfield was waylaid by injuries. He was then released by Jax on April 23rd. He’s here for depth/special teams, and if you read between the lines, is here to shore up the CBs as the 49ers look to replace Dashon (chickenHawk) Goldson. My theory being that current CB Chris Culliver moves to FS to replace Goldson and the other CBs not named Carlos Rogers fight for the other CB spot. The contestants are Perrish Cox, Tramaine Brock, Tarell Brown, Curtis Holcomb, Darcel McBath, Cory Nelms, and rookies Anthony Mosley and Deante’ Purvis. T Brown leads the pack (4 INTs last year), with Brock (2 picks) trailing. Reggie Smith has looked good at times, and the coaches have been very high on Curtis Holcomb, the 2nd year guy who missed all of last year with a ruptured achilles.
So, even without Hawk, the 49er secondary looks like it won’t miss a beat if he decides to commit hara kiri on his own career. Goldson is on a fool’s mission if he decides to hold out. As it is, he’s setting himself up to be the forgotten man, as Shawtae Spencer was last year. Goldson saw first hand how holding out worked for Aubrayo Franklin, and he saw how the Niners front office played hard ball with their starting QB. Why he thinks he’ll get a deal after blowing off the 5/$25 mill deal from 2 years ago, and reportedly turning down 3/$21 mill this year is baffling at best. He turned down $5 mill a year, said his goodbyes, took a $3 million pay cut to come back, and now is balking at a $4-$5 million raise? He’s getting some baaaad advice from his agent. If he misses one day, I think he’ll slide right down that depth chart.
Rookies reported yesterday, and both AJ Jenkins and LaMichael James look to be contributors as quick as possible. James is in catch-up mode as he couldn’t participate in most of the OTAs due to his still being a college student during them. He has this week to get up to speed as the rest of the team reports on Friday. jennkins is back in shape after reporting to camp a little fat and a little slow. He says he’s more than ready to contribute any way he can. If anything, it’ll be nice to have a backup to Ted Ginn for PR/KR duties.
In more good news, Aldon Smith hasn’t been arrested, shot, or stabbed lately.